Former Czech prime minister a corruption suspect

PRAGUE (AP) — The lawyer for former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas says he is a suspect in the corruption case that brought down his government.

Necas' government collapsed in June in a whirlwind of corruption and marital infidelity allegations. Those arrested included Necas' closest aide, with whom he was having an affair, and three ex-lawmakers who agreed to resign from parliament in exchange for lucrative posts in state-run companies promised them by Necas.

Necas' lawyer Josef Lzicar confirmed Tuesday that Necas is suspected of offering a bribe to the lawmakers but told Czech public radio he had no immediate details. Necas has denied any wrongdoing, calling it a "standard political deal." A court had ruled that the lawmakers had legal immunity.

The prosecutors in charge of the case decline to comment Tuesday.

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